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London Heathrow Marriott Hotel announces Partnership with Project SEARCH

London Heathrow Marriott Hotel Partnership with Project SEARCH

London Heathrow Marriott first hotel in group to launch Project SEARCH internship programme

London Heathrow Marriott Hotel has announced a partnership with Project SEARCH in a bid to deliver an exciting new internship programme for young people with learning difficulties.
As the first Marriott in the UK to announce such a partnership, the four-star property is working with Meadow High School, Hillingdon Council, Prospects, the Centre for British Teachers and the Education Trust to bring a wealth of new opportunities to young adults in the area.


Ten young people aged between 17 and 23 from the Hillingdon area have been chosen as the first to experience the hotel’s internship programme, gaining skills in various different areas of the business including Housekeeping, Food and Beverage, Engineering, Sales, Conference and Banqueting.  

Project SEARCH was established in 1996 in the Emergency Department of Cincinnati Children’s Hospital.  Since then, it has grown to over 250 sites across five countries, taking the classroom into the workplace and enabling young people with learning difficulties to spend their final year in education gaining experience in the work place.  

Speaking about the partnership, Ron Vos, General Manager at London Heathrow Marriott Hotel, said: “We’re delighted to be partnering with such a fantastic organisation to deliver opportunities for young people in the area so they can hone competitive, transferable and marketable skills in a reputable business.  

“Project SEARCH does an excellent job of helping young people develop independence, confidence and self-esteem in the work place and we’re thrilled to do our part in delivering a programme that can help them achieve.”  

Erin Riehle, senior director at Project SEARCH, added: “Project SEARCH is truly excited to be partnering with London Heathrow Marriott. Every single member of the Marriott team has been welcoming to the interns – above and beyond what we could have ever expected.    

“We have been welcomed into the fabric of the organization and it’s had a powerful impact on the interns, the partners and even the community. The partnership with Meadow High School, The London Borough of Hillingdon and Prospects allows the young people to gain valuable work skills in order to obtain competitive employment upon graduation. We couldn’t have done this without the wonderful partners at London Heathrow Marriott and we couldn’t be more thankful.”

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